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Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander came to the Spokesman-Review in 2014 after working for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. She covers social services, health and science for the City Desk and writes a monthly data-focused column, Know Spokane.

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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018

Finding shelter: A night with the women of Spokane’s Hope House

During a hot summer evening, women at Spokane’s Hope House shelter shared their thoughts, impressions and life experiences. The shelter is part of Spokane’s 24/7 network for homeless people, built on the idea that everyone, regardless of age or gender, should have a safe place to be inside at all times.

SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018

FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018

Drug overdoses fall in Spokane County

UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

Drug overdoses fell in Spokane County in 2017, in yet another sign the trend of opioid-related deaths may be reversing in Washington.

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018

MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018

FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2018

THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2018


WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2018


Last year 262 Washingtonians were injured by fireworks

Every Fourth of July, firefighters around the country remind Americans not to injure or kill themselves by patriotically blowing things up. Last year, about 262 Washingtonians did not heed the message.

TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2018

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018


SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

For HIV-positive community, CDC ruling means a new step in regaining lives

Last fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged what years of research has shown: HIV-positive people in treatment who have an undetectable amount of the virus in their blood have “virtually no risk” of transmitting the virus sexually to another person.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018

Local religious leaders say detaining children morally wrong

UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 9:53 a.m.

As President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday reversing his administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, local faith leaders said the policy of holding children, some of whom are seeking asylum, is morally wrong.

SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018

New Planned Parenthood health center dedicated in Spokane

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho dedicated its new $5 million health center Friday afternoon in Spokane, with staff saying the modernized clinic will allow them to care for more patients and expand sex education and advocacy efforts.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018

Roll out the giant chess set: Spokane Sidewalk Games back for the third year

Heavy winds Wednesday toppled more than a few signs as vendors set up for the Kendall Yards farmers market, but two giant Connect Four boards stood tall. The games signaled the beginning of the third summer of Spokane Sidewalk Games, which has put giant versions of checkers, chess, chutes and ladders and more in public spaces.

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018


MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018

Immigration puts hop growers in a pinch

UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 4 p.m.

The supply of workers has dwindled in recent years as more people are reluctant to go out into the fields “out of fear they’ll be forced to leave.”


Hops science driven by flavor trends

UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 3:50 p.m.

Historically, hops were mostly used as a bittering agent in beer. But the craft beer industry has changed that, giving rise to aroma hops designed to impart notes of fruit, citrus, pine and other desirable flavors into beer.